Media Summary Dec. 20 2008 - Jan 9, 2009
Royal Roads undertakes challenging 'green' plan
Royal Roads makes bid for sewage treatment
RRU/Hatley Park media coverage
Simple, tasty cake the perfect way to use apples - Times Colonist, Thursday,
Jan. 8, page D3. Under events in this article - Organic Master Gardener Course.
Information session Thursday, Jan. 15 from 7 to 8 p.m. at Royal Roads University,
2005 Sooke Rd. in Victoria.
Boulevard gets new managing editor - Times Colonist, Wednesday, Jan. 7,
page B4. Vivian Smith, an award-winning journalist with more than 25 years in
Canadian newspapers and a noted writing teacher and editorial consultant, has
been named managing editor of Victoria's Boulevard magazine. (Vivian taught
writing and journalism at four Canadian universities, including Royal Roads).
Attractions - Times Colonist, Thursday, Jan. 8, page C9. Hatley Park Gardens. 10
a.m.-5 p.m. 250-391-2600 or www.hatleypark.ca ; Hatley Park National Historic
Site. 2005 Sooke Rd.,10 a.m.-5 p.m. 250-391-2600. www.hatleypark.ca
Most-clicked stories from the week of December 15 - Royal Roads unveils
sustainability plan - Academica's Top Ten, Monday, Jan. 5.
Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down - Times Colonist, Sunday, Jan. 4, page D2. Thumbs
up to Kingston's Tom Hoppe, who earned a master's degree from Royal Roads
University, for publishing his first book, A Journey of Leadership. The retired soldier
served for 20 years, including in Bosnia in 1994, where he rescued three children
from sniper fire, which earned him the Meritorious Service Cross and the Medal of
Bravery. Decorated soldier shares thoughts on leadership - Canadian Armed Forces
Blogger. Read more. . .
Big projects trying to weather economic storm - Goldstream News Gazette,
Tuesday, Dec. 30, page 01. In this article on construction on the WestShore it
mentions. . . Royal Roads University announced the creation of the Bateman
Centre, a "living building" designed to house artwork by Robert Bateman as well as
classrooms. The Learning Innovation Centre, a new academic building, also
received government funding and is expected to break ground next year.
Royal Roads undertaking challenging 'green' plan; Building retrofits,
energy efficiency key to program - Times Colonist, Monday, Dec. 29, page A3. A
sustainability plan coming together at Royal Roads University aims to make the
campus a pillar of environmental practice. Read more. . .
Region's mayors face challenges in new year; Spending priorities a tough
call with recession looming - Times Colonist, Monday, Dec. 29 page A4. On the
region's 13 mayors as they set priorities for the coming year. Mentions Colwood
Mayor David Saunders is establishing a mayor's task force to position Colwood as
an energy-positive learning city in co-operation with Royal Roads University and
other learning institutions.
Looking ahead to 2009 - Times Colonist, Monday, Dec. 29, page A4. The Times
Colonist asked each of the region's 13 mayors to outline their priorities for the
coming year. Here is one of the items on Colwood Mayor David Saunders list:
Create a mayor's task force to bring forward ideas on economic development and
working with Royal Roads and a trade university to transform Colwood into a the
first energy positive learning city in Canada. . .
Northern Lights College's achievements; Successful year in 2008 sets
direction for NLC's new strategic plan for 2009 - Dawson Creek Daily News,
Monday, Dec. 29, page: A1. This 2008 review of Northern Lights College notes
success negotiating credit transfer agreements with institutions such as Royal
Roads University . . .
Campuses face hard times: expert; Economic crisis will hit students,
academics and building projects - Times Colonist, Sunday, Dec. 28, page
A8. Colour Photo: Bruce Stotesbury, Canwest News Service - Grads attend the
23rd convocation at Royal Roads University last June, before the economic
meltdown now facing universities.
'Elves' play Santa at community feast; Annual dinner brings Christmas
spirit to hundreds from across the region - Times Colonist, Friday, Dec. 26,
page A3. Article on the annual Christmas Spirit Community Dinner held at the Glad
Tidings Church. This year. . . desserts were provided by local bakeries and the
Habitat Café at Royal Roads.
Chief gets degree -Cariboo Press, Tuesday, Dec. 23, page A2, section: Terrace
Standard - News. Bob Beckett , a former Terrace fire chief has been awarded the
Chancellor's Community Recognition award from Royal Roads University in
Victoria's western suburbs.
Magic of Christmas, North Shore News, Sunday, Dec. 21. Travel feature about
Christmas in Victoria describes Craigdarroch Castle, the Festival of Trees, Butchart
Gardens and Hatley Castle: “Hatley Castle, built by James Dunsmuir – the sole
surviving son of Robert and Joan – is also in festive Christmas attire, and the
entrance hall is cheery with twin Christmas trees flanking a fireplace…” (Also cited
in Delta Optimist, Saturday, Dec. 20, page 29.)
Royal Roads making bid for sewage treatment - Goldstream News Gazette.
Friday December 19. As Royal Roads University moves toward a sustainable
campus, the school might just end up treating the West Shore’s sewage. Read
more. . .
Expert Input for Alberni; Alliance of post-secondary education facilities
could benefit Valley in time of transition - Alberni Valley Times, Friday, Dec.
19, page A4. There have been planning sessions with most recent one putting forth
a new name, the Vancouver Island Community Research Alliance to join the five
post-secondary institutions on the Island - UVic, Camosun College, Vancouver
Island University, Royal Roads University and North Island College to improve their
assistance to the regions they serve.
A Campaign With a Message - Black & White Photo - Times Colonist, Friday,
Dec. 19, page A4. Photo: Adrian Lam, Times Colonist / A Campaign With a
Message: Eddie Golko gets a T-shirt from Christy Smith and Kirat Malik yesterday,
as Royal Roads students gave Christmas gifts of OUR Campaign's T-shirts to
homeless clients of the Our Place homeless centre. The campaign was begun as a
fundraising effort for Our Place by a team of business students, and has won
several awards across the country. The campaign will continue in future years.
Post secondary education media coverage
CFHSS urges federal government to boost investment in research,
innovation - Academica's Top Ten, Friday, Jan. 9. The Canadian Federation for the
Humanities and Social Sciences is asking Ottawa to consider increasing its
investment in research and innovation as part of the next budget. Investment in
"Canada's intellectual infrastructure" will allow the country to establish a more
competitive and productive economy, as well as a stronger society. The president of
CFHSS says the government's response should also "capitalize on the tremendous
potential of youth," as graduates with training in social sciences and humanities
produce a highly skilled workforce essential to the global economy. CFHSS Budget
UVic pins hopes on sports upgrade; University expects $59-million project
will help to attract new students - Times Colonist, Friday, Jan. 9. The University
of Victoria hopes a proposed upgrade of almost $59 million to its sports facilities,
including renovations to the aging McKinnon Building and construction of a new
athletics complex nearby, will help attract students to the campus.
CASA urges Ottawa to make PSE priority in budget: In its pre-budget
submission - Academica's Top Ten, Thursday, Jan. 8. The Canadian Alliance of
Student Associations recommends the federal government invest $1.5 billion in
deferred maintenance at the nation's institutions. Other recommendations include a
one-time, earmarked transfer to the provinces for PSE and temporary targeted
grants. CASA is also calling for a 3-month extension to the interest relief period for
Canada Student Loans. CASA News Release | CASA Pre-Budget Submission
China works to make employment post-graduation a priority - Academica's
Top Ten, Thursday, Jan. 8. Yesterday, the Chinese government warned university
graduates that they face a "grim" job market due to the global economic downturn.
The country has laid out broad policies to help graduates struggling to find
employment. Graduates are encouraged to seek work in the countryside and at
small firms. University dropouts in serious hardship will be offered aid, although the
type of assistance has not been disclosed. About a million students who graduated
in 2008 had not found work by the end of the year. Reuters
AUCC urges federal government to include university infrastructure in
budget - Academica's Top Ten, Wednesday, Jan. 7. Like the Association of
Canadian Community Colleges, the Association of Universities and Colleges of
Canada says investing in PSE infrastructure is essential to stimulating the economy.
In a pre-budget brief sent to Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, AUCC recommends a
targeted university infrastructure initiative to complement the Building Canada
Fund. The association also recommends Ottawa maintain its investment in
university research. AUCC News Release | Read the brief
The importance of online technology in PSE- Academica's Top Ten,
Wednesday, Jan. 7. In a guest column published in Tuesday's National Post,
Meritus University president John Crossley describes the benefits of online
technology in post-secondary and adult education -- greater collaboration among
students, quick and easy delivery of learning materials, and the reduction of travel
costs and time away from work. Crossley cites survey findings reflecting a growing
acceptance among Canadian employers of online degrees, which, along with
improved access to technology and the demand for a university-educated
workforce, may drive more Canadians to explore online education. National Post
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